Former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Tom Browning, often known as “Mr. Perfect” was found unresponsive at his home in Union, Kentucky, and pronounced dead at the age of 64.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Office was called to the former baseball player’s home at 1:01 p.m. on account of a man not breathing. Despite efforts to revive the 64-year-old, he was pronounced dead by first responders minutes later. Foul play is not suspected by police.
“The entire Reds family is stunned and deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Tom Browning. Affectionately referred to as ‘Mr. Perfect,’ Tom was a true Red who after his playing days made the Cincinnati area his home and remained heavily involved with the organization,” his former team released in a statement. “A fan favorite, the Reds Hall of Famer touched fans’ hearts at team events, Reds Hall of Fame festivities, and Reds Community Fund activities.”
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The Reds proceeded to add the sentiments, “We join Reds Country in mourning the loss of our all-time greats, who created so many memories and magical moments for us all. Our deepest condolences to Tom’s family during this difficult time.”
Looking back on Tom Browning’s amazing MLB career
During the 11 seasons he spent in Cincinnati, Browning quickly became a legend after becoming a World Series champion and the only pitcher in Fred history to throw a perfect game.
According to his obituary, the retired Reds player was described as a kind man who loved, “spending his free time with his family, at the ballpark, fishing, listening to music or finding a new adventure.” Additionally, Browning “was always in positive spirits, highlighting the silver linings of every aspect.”
“Tom always had a big hug to welcome you with, a bright smile on his face to greet you, a twinkle in his eye to show those Irish shenanigans aren’t far off, and when he was really enjoying his days, the infamous giggle,” his obituary continued. “These are some of the characteristics that are going to be most dearly missed in this man who was a family member to some but a true friend to all.”
Brownings death was also mourned by fellow Red Barry Larkin, who tweeted “RIP my friend Mr. Perfect Tom Browning. We shared some great times as well as the same birthdate 4/28. You will be missed.” upon hearing the news.
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